2020 labour deputy leadership race

Burgon: I’ll ensure members receive ‘political education’

You’ve got to hand it to Richard Burgon, the man’s not short on ideas (whether or not they’re good ideas is another matter). First, it was his plan to give Labour’s left-wing members a veto on UK military action. Now he’s promised to set up the ‘Tony Benn School of Political Education’. And what would Labour members benefit from learning according to Burgon? That’s right, ‘alternative economics’. No doubt the Leeds East MP will take advantage of some ‘alternative facts’ to teach that particular course. In an interview with LabourList announcing the ‘university’, Burgon praised the failed Labour Live concert – and also a festival organised by the French Communist Party newspaper.